The SANBI Spring Festival takes place across South Africa until the end of October, 2020. This is great news for gardeners, fans of all things floral, nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, families looking for a wonderful day out, and everyone celebrating the arrival of warmer weather.

The SANBI Spring Festival has been launched to showcase, and draw visitors to, the network of exceptional National Botanical and Zoological Gardens that exist across the country, and which are managed by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

13 Botanical gardens in South Africa

  1. KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden
  2. Free State National Botanical Garden
  3. Harold Porter National Botanical Garden
  4. Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden 
  5. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
  6. Pretoria National Botanical Garden
  7. Lowveld National Botanical Garden
  8. Pretoria Zoo
  9. Thohoyandou Botanical Garden
  10. Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden
  11. Hantam National Botanical Garden
  12. Kwelera National Botanical Garden
  13. Mokopane Biodiversity Conservation Centre
Enjoy the SANBI Spring Festival at 13 Botanical gardens across South Africa
Enjoy the SANBI Spring Festival at 13 Botanical gardens across South Africa

A vast array of ecosystems

Many people may not realise that South Africa has 10 National Botanical Gardens and a National Zoological Garden stretching across eight of the country’s provinces, which showcase and protect our richly diverse landscapes and biodiversity.

In addition, SANBI also manages the Thohoyandou Botanical Garden and Mokopane Biodiversity Conservation Centre in the Limpopo Province.

SANBI’s National Botanical and Zoological Garden, or “Conservation Gardens”, cover a vast array of ecosystems, including grasslands, fynbos, woodlands, marshlands, arid and semi-arid habitats, coastal vegetation and more – and feature natural landmarks ranging from craggy mountains to steep gorges, major rivers, vast plains and rocky koppies. Within these habitats the efforts of the SANBI teams sees a plethora of fauna and flora being nurtured and protected – efforts that have yielded untouched natural tracts of wilderness and floral splendour that everyone should see to believe.

SANBI is calling on the South African public to take part in the first ever Spring Festival by visiting their nearest Botanical Garden.

And there truly is something to do for everyone – whether it is a gentle stroll through the gardens while the kids play on the lawns, followed by a meal at restaurants situated in many of the gardens, or perhaps it is a hike to the waterfalls and pools, a guided tour, bird watching and some eco-therapy – the list is seemingly endless as to what visitors can expect at the SANBI Botanical Gardens.  And of course, there is the Pretoria Zoo – the one Zoological Garden managed by SANBI, which is not only the largest zoo in South Africa, but is also rated as one of the top zoos in the world.

Most of the Botanical Gardens have curio shops for visitors to treat themselves to a souvenir, and many have a nursery outlet where indigenous plants can be purchased.  Some of the gardens offer great braai facilities, alternatively pack a picnic and dine alfresco in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

The SANBI Spring Festival also coincides with National Garden Day on 11 October 2020, which calls on South Africans to celebrate their gardens – regardless of the size or format.  A wonderful way to mark Garden Day 2020 is with a visit to your nearest SANBI Botanical or Zoological Garden.

What: SANBI Spring Festival
Nearest Botanical Gardens: www.sanbi.org
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